The purpose in life questionnaire in a chinese context

Tan Lei Shek, Eric W. Hong, Mary Y.P. Cheung

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The Chinese version of the Purpose In Life Questionnaire was administered to 480 post-secondary school students and found to have high internal consistency as a scale and high item-total correlations for most of the items. Factor analysis with a five-factor solution showed that five factors were abstracted from the scale, namely, Quality of Life, Meaning of Existence, Answers to Existence, Constraint of Existence, and Future Existence/Self-responsibility. Further analyses of the normative data showed that the mean total score of the Chinese students was comparatively lower than that of the Western students reported in previous studies. Also, those with religious beliefs scored higher than those without them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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